Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What's new on Ancestry?

There are a huge number of new records available on Ancestry.com which can now be searched.  They include the following –

Index Title
Date Range
No of Records
Australian Marriage Index
1788-1950
5,329,018
Australian Death Index
1787-1985
5,893,086
Australian Birth Index
1788-1922
5,157,166
England Perogative Court of Canterbury Wills
1384-1858
1,012,964
British Army WW1 Service Records
1914-1920
1,907,094
England and Wales Birth Index
1916-2005
71,311,768
England and Wales Death Index
1916-2007
49,722,476
England and Wales Marriage Index
1916-2005
63,960,989


These are only a few of the many new datasets to become available on Ancestry over the past few months.  It should be noted that the wills are ONLY for the Perogative Court of Canterbury, and also that not everyone made a will, or had anything to leave behind them.  The poor especially did not leave wills.  It will, however, give you a copy of the original handwritten will if you are lucky enough to find any relevant to your family.  Your next problem is deciphering it, as old handwriting can be quite a challenge to understand.  Remember also that many older wills may have been written in Latin.

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